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According to legend, if a groundhog sees its shadow on this day, there will be six more weeks of winter; if it doesn’t, then spring is right around the corner. Just before 7:25 a.m. on February 2, 2018, Punxsutawney Phil, the world’s most celebrated groundhog, gazed at the ground and beheld his shadow.This means six more weeks of frigid winter. Of course, it’s a bit of a joke. As the Almanac says, “If he sees his shadow, we’ll have six more weeks of winter; if he doesn’t, it’ll be six weeks till spring” because, of course, the dates of the equinox do not change.
MORE GROUNDHOG DAY HISTORY A bear brought the forecast to the people of France and England, while those in Germany looked to a badger for a sign. In the 1800s, German immigrants to Pennsylvania brought their Candlemas legends with them. Finding no badgers but lots of groundhogs (also called woodchucks or whistlepigs), they adapted the New World species to fit the lore.
Groundhog Day always falls on February 2. This traditionally marks the midpoint between the winter solstice in December and the spring equinox in March.
originally posted by: mikell
They also make good barbecue too if you cook them long enough. Just an FYI